The Seven Lives of John Murray: The Story of a Publishing Dynasty

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From its birth in 1768, when the first John Murray of Edinburgh came down to London, each of the publishing house's seven leaders has made his own contribution to the dissemination of literature and the understanding of the world. One became Byron's publisher and confidante; another began the revolutionary series of Murray handbooks which transformed world travel in the early years of the railways; a third broke controversial new ground with the publication of Queen Victoria's letters. So the tradition progressed to the end of the 20th century, and a list of literary giants including Patrick Leigh Fermor, Osbert Lancaster, Francoise Sagan, and British Poet Laureate, John Betjeman. Written in Carpenter's rollicking and iconoclastic style, it is an affectionate and vibrant account of the longest-surviving publishing house in the world.

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Humphrey Carpenter (1946–2005) has written many bestselling, award-winning biographies whose subjects include J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, and Spike Milligan. He was also a prolific author of childrens' books.

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'A fine testimony to Humphrey's unobtrusive scholarship and narrative skills...a major contribution to our knowledge of publishing practices and the history of the book' -- Byron Journal, Andrew Nicholson 'Humphrey Carpenter's history of the firm, completed by other hands after his death in 2005, is an evocation of a vanished age' -- Jeremy Lewis, Daily Telegraph 20080707 'A treasure-trove of fascinating information paced into Humphrey Carpenter's riveting history of the world's longest surviving publishing house ...Terrific' -- Val Hennessy, Daily Mail 20080711 'The late Humphrey Carpenter, a delightful and generous-minded man to whose memory I doff my cap, died while still at work on the manuscript of Seven Lives' -- Independent on Sunday 20080711 'The highs and lows of the literary world are reported with panache in this fascinating book. Superb photographs too' -- Tatler 20080711 'The highs and lows of the literary world are reported with panache in this fascinating book. Superb photographs too.' -- Tatler 20080711 ' A fitting tribute to a remarkable publisher' -- The Sunday Herald 20080711

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